The need to help educate Manitobans about cooperatives is critical to the growth of the cooperative community, particularly in institutes of higher learning where the cooperative business model is often overlooked. 

The Business Chair in Co-operative Enterprises was established in 2013 with grants from the Province of Manitoba, Red River Cooperative Limited, Federated Co-operatives Limited, The Co-operators Group, Arctic Cooperatives Limited, Credit Union Central of Manitoba and Assiniboine Credit Union.  It is located in, and affiliated with the Business and Administration Department at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba.

The Chair promotes the teaching of, and research into cooperative enterprises in Canada.  It interacts with both the cooperative sector (cooperatives and credit unions) and the Government of Manitoba, as well as with the rest of Canada and other countries through public lectures, seminars, teaching and research.  The Chair promotes regional, national and international research through a series of conferences, grants and publications.

The Business Chair in Co-operative Enterprises in conjunction with the partners mentioned above offers a range of scholarships, internships and essay awards.

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